One Spectator Is Killed During Duel In Street

Bernice, Louisiana
April 20, 1908

Spectator Falls Dead When Prominent Men Exchange Shots and Man on Train Fatally Wounded

One spectator was killed and five others wounded today during a street duel here. Both duelists were wounded, but not seriously. The fight was between C. J. Morton and W. F. Barham, both prominent in this section. The cause of their quarrel is not known.

Morton was just stepping off an Arkansas Southern passenger train, accompanied by his wife and seven-year-old son, when Barham appeared, armed. Morton was carrying a repeating shotgun. Both men opened fire and Morton’s little boy fell, probably fatally wounded. T. Q. Clark was instantly killed and Thomas Rives was wounded in the thigh. Conductor Alford, of the train, and a male passenger, name not learned, were painfully wounded.

Morton was hit twice by his adversary’s bullet and Barham was struck once. A. J. Blanche, of Covington, La., was probably fatally wounded, while seated in the smoking car. Clem Barham assisted his father in the shooting.

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